Our Bones Do Not Splinter or Crack

Important announcement from Rob, the owner of Junkyard Bones:

After the FDA released findings that some dog treats can cause health problems, even death, it hit news headlines. This is not the case with our dog treat products.

We have never had a bone fail.

Unfortunately, the information portrayed by the news was vague and didn’t get into the specific types of bones that could cause health problems. I found that the news needed some visual aids to better present the whole story. We never use rib bones or tibia bones because they are thin and will splinter.


I have been smoking beef bones for dogs for over 25 years, and have smoked over a million pounds in that time frame. Our process is all natural and the bones we use are dairy cattle bones which are older and stronger than normal beef cattle bones, they are RBST free and have a thicker gauge than the typical 9-month-old meat cattle that most purveyors use.

We also only use femurs as they are the strongest bone on a cow. We have tested the bones to ensure they are strong enough for even the strongest chewers. They do not crack or splinter.

Our process takes 4 days to produce the strongest bones possible. We currently sell to over 150 retail pet stores across the country, and have never had a bone fail.

I welcome you to come down and see our bone smoking process, at our downtown Renton location.


Choosing the right bone for your dog:

As with any chew, treat, toy or food, supervision of your dog is paramount and we are confident that with the proper bone choice for your dog our products will provide a safe chewing experience.


Make sure the bone is large enough for the size of the dog.  If the bone is small enough to fit in the dog’s mouth, it is too small.  It needs to be at least slightly larger around than the lower jaw of the dog.  Also, when the bone has been gnawed down to a considerably smaller size that will fit in the dog’s mouth, it should be taken away.

Bone consistency

Make sure you choose a bone that is the right density for your dog. Our bones come from dairy cattle which are older and stronger than normal beef cattle bones. They are RBST free and have a thicker gauge than the typical 9-month-old beef cattle that most purveyors use. We also use femurs, knuckles and knee caps as they are the strongest bones on a cow. Beef bones are adequate for most chewers, knee caps are the hardest, most dense bones available.

Proper consumption

A bone is meant to be slowly gnawed down.  This provides the plague removing benefits to the teeth and gives the dog a great chewing experience. Knuckles have very little bone in them, less than 1%, the remainder is calcified calcium deposit that contains soft cartilage material which can be completely consumed, and the center bone piece left should be slowly gnawed.